Catamaran collides with whale in Durban

2012-08-11 16:10

Johannesburg -A man was injured when his catamaran collided with a whale in Durban on Saturday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Derrick Pienaar, 50, had fractured the bone in his upper right arm, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

"Mr Pienaar's injury was sustained after he fell on deck after the sport fishing boat, which he was a passenger on, struck a whale while the boat was underway."

There were seven other people onboard the vessel but only Pienaar was injured.

He was taken to the Umhlanga Hospital.

The catamaran was not damaged.

"Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said that while on-scene a whale came past the boats and it is suspected that this was the same whale that they had struck and... it appeared to not be injured," said Lambinon.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-08-11 16:34

    How's the whale and why did no one notice it? Booze cruise?

      Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2012-08-11 16:49

      1. As the article says it appeared that the whale was not injured. 2. Whales tend to move quite quickly hence the term "Nantucket sleigh ride" and all through the water column thus can be difficult to spot made more so in a swell. With the number of whales on our waters I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often! I've come close to this myself and no there was no booze involved!!

      werner.pienaar.35 - 2012-08-11 18:19

      Don't make assumptions or questions you have no knowledge of.

      phae.rayden - 2012-08-11 18:53

      She was asking, leave her alone. Happy the whales probably ok!

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-08-11 16:52

    Because the boat was traveling fast and the whale must have been just under the surface and not seen. Quite easy to see such a thing happening.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-11 17:25

    First it was a female humpback and her calf in the Paramatta River (Sydney), now another off Durbs. Whales having a tough time this year! Have come very close to a similar encounter off Port Alfred; it isn't so easy to evade something you cannot see!

  • herbert.plessis - 2012-08-11 17:49

    Why is the Minister of Basic Education in Durban harbour?

  • mpienaar2 - 2012-08-11 19:47

    Hi everyone, this is JP here, Dericks son, posting from Umchlanga hospital. My dad is stable, all under control, thanks to the rapid response of the nsri and netcare911 and the staff at the Hospital, firstly, no it was not a booze cruize, the skipper is not in favour of those comsuming alcohol during charters... Secondly, hitting a whale is certainly not planned! The skipper is highly experienced with many hours to his name, accidents do happen, wishing my dad a happy 50th birtday tomorrow

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